Apple today made a surprise update to the iMac series – in more ways than one. While we expected an upgraded iMac sometime this year, rumors had pointed to a brand new design that would be more akin to an iPad Pro than the iMacs of yore.
Instead, these new iMacs look the same as the old iMacs, but with some significant internal improvements. The most important upgrades for the popular 27-inch model include:
- 10. Gen Intel Comet Lake processors, up to a 5.0 GHz 1
- Dual memory in the entire SKU spectrum, and up to 128 GB in total
- A 1080p webcam (up from 720p)
- Graphics up to AMD’s 5700XT with 16 GB VRAM
- 10 Gigabit Ethernet options
- T2 security chip for encryption on aircraft and secure start-up
- Food display for “Nano-texture” (seen on Pro Display XDR) as a $ 500 upgrade
In general, Apple says that the new 27-inch iMacs should be able to use ‘up to 65% more plug-ins in Logic Pro X’ and ‘40% faster 8K ProRes transcode in Final Cut Pro X. ‘In the meantime, improved GPUs provide ‘up to 55% faster rendering in Maxon Cinema 4D ProRender’ and ‘up to 45% faster performance in Total War: Three Kingdoms.’
Raw power aside, Apple also says that the T2 chip enhances some of the iMac features, including the aforementioned security features, but also improvements to audio performance (more bass!), And web quality (better lighting!).
The upgrades for the rest of the line are less significant. The 21.5-inch iMac now comes with standard SSDs, although you still have the option of using a Fusion Drive. Meanwhile, the standard configuration of the iMac Pro now includes a 10-core Xeon processor, up from the 8-cores of the previous model.
The updated iMacs are all available for order today; The 21.5-inch iMac starts at $ 1,099, the 27-inch model at $ 1,799, and the Pro at $ 4,999. You can see more detailed specific updates at Apple.com.
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